Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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4.23/5 rDev +2.7%
Time for a good old Imperial Stout from those imperious bastards at Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S; which is to say the least a hearty mouthful of a name, here's hoping the brew provides a hearty mouthful too. Recommended to me by an Archive barman who has rated 1200+ beers when I asked for something like Black Buffalo (which I sorely miss).
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: This is one black beauty of a stout with its fantastic obsidian body and a half centimetre brown head that dissipates to a nice sticky lace.
S: It certainly has a heavy aroma similar to Black Buffalo - dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt with Vegemite and Bovril thrown in for good measure. There are hints of smoked Birch wood mingling around as well. This has the nose of a formidable ale!
T: Yep - this is a damn heavy Imperial Stout! The above aromas present themselves: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, barley malt, and a hint of Bovril. However it is the aforementioned smoked Birch wood that really adds a unique dimension, along with a finish that is astringent with almost no bitterness at all. There is also a noticeable (unwanted) metallic tang in there too.
M: Heavy bodied like some sort of 'beer gravy' and a tack flat carbonation. Quite smooth and oily too - a proverbial Julio Iglesias of stouts.
D: Consumed at the right temperature (12 celsius says the bottle) this is a rich, heady and flavoursome brew. The metallic note does diminish its rating, and it is not near as full on as Black Buffalo, nor was it ever going to be at 9% ABV. However colour me impressed as there is quite a lot happening with this 9% drop, and I quite enjoyed the fact that it doesn't hold back on the boldness. Nice one Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S!
Food match: The beer gravy comment I made earlier got me thinking of actually pouring this over slices of roast beef and giving the meal a side of roasted potatoes and peas... why drink a beer when you can eat it? Food for thought.
05-05-2014 22:34:38 | More by doktorhops
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
A: Pitch black with big, dark brown, rather low-lasting head, lacing is moderate.
S: Moderatly strong roasted malts aroma, coffee, dark chocolate also some burnt notes. Low hop aroma. Some black dried fruit notes - plums, pruns, but not dominant. Also some alcohol is present. Unfortunately slightly metallic sensations.
T: The taste is not so complex, mainly roasted malts, burnt flavours, medium bitterness. Low to medium dark fruit esters. Evident alcohol strength.
M: Semi-dry, roastiness and warming character noticable. Low to moderate carbonation, full body, creamy.
O: In overall I’d give this beer some time to mature in the bottle, perfect roastiness balanced with dark fruit esters and alcohol. It could be more malty and barley-wine like.
04-20-2014 10:07:21 | More by BlazerT
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wood, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, slight liquor, hint of yeast, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.
04-10-2014 14:00:35 | More by Tone
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
a really hearty stout, appropriately dense for its norwegian heritage. dark brown almost black, with a soft eggshell finish and over an inch and a half of micro bubble tan head as dense as they come. the nose shows a simple beer at heart, dark barley, cara deepness, and a lioghter almost herbal quality, but rather straightforward. the flavor starts with the dark roast of the barley, and a residual sugar that is tough to explain. maybe slightly under attenuated property, but it works with the rest of the heft here. come dry dark bakers chocolate and a hint of licorice meld into a rather smooth semisweet finish that suggests oatmeal, but i dont know if its there for real or not. bitterness abounds after the swallow though, a nice transition. body is enormous, overweight even, but in a wintery context with some nice rare red meat, its a match made in heaven. smooth as gravy. worth what they ask for it.
04-03-2014 21:47:38 | More by StonedTrippin
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
500mL into a tulip. Pours an opaque black w/ a 1-inch mocha head, some patchy lace.
Aroma is roasty and bitter with lots of dark fruit and chocolate. What we have here is a classic RIS.
Taste is likewise roasty and bittersweet. Earthy, nutty, chocolatey. Nicely round and fruity, not overly aggressive or overpowering. Just a great balance of flavors. Reminds me a lot of another favorite, Courage.
Mouthfeel is full bodied but not sticky or syrupy. Velvety smooth and oh-so effing drinkable.
Overall a really great RIS, hits all the right notes right where you want them. I'm having trouble finding any fault with this beer.
03-18-2014 03:25:52 | More by draheim
4.24/5 rDev +2.9%
My previous acquaintance with this brewery was limited to a bottle of Dark Hozion that I aged for several years. I bought two bottles of this. One is in my ager and the other I most finished. This is not nearly as amazing as Dark horizon, but it is a very good Russian Imperial Stout (one of my favorite styles).
As soon as you open it you know you have something special. It pour deep motor oil black with a slight creamy head. The aroma is a beautiful pungent sweetness. Very nice.
The taste is a nice balance of bite, creamy, malty and hoppy. It rolls on down the tongue. The aftertaste lingers very long and sweet, nice.
With Dark Horizon I got the feeling I was drinking an ice cream topping - a thick, wonderful boozy drink. With this, I want to go set up a shot of vodka, but that would just ruin my day - I don't have the Russian genes to handle such decadence.
03-16-2014 18:14:13 | More by schoolboy
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
Midnight black body sporting a very thick, very creamy, light tan head. Big, boozy and dark fruit aroma; prunes; milk chocolate. Cocoa and bitter chocolate flavors; big alcohol warmth underneath; sweet and sour tones. Heavy bodied; smooth with a finely coarse feel; semi-sweet mouthfeel.
This beer follows suit like so many Danish/northern European black ales – it's deep and mysterious, velvety smooth; deep and rich in flavor and texture. Black ales, the bold and complex ones, come across much like this RIS example. It's hard to go wrong with this strong, exemplary offering.
03-16-2014 02:02:03 | More by beergoot
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
Appearance: Pours pitch black. Dark brown head of about a finger. Highly above average active carbonation for a RIS.
Smell: Roasted malt, oats, and some smoke on the front. Potent barley body mixes well with some coffee tones. Sweeter tones poke their way through and add a lot to this aroma. The oats showcase themselves toward the back end and round this brew out well.
Taste: Creamy front of oats and toffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness begins then a massively roasted, chalky malt body takes over. Stifling the palate, any other tones are hard pressed to come through. Some chocolate bitterness picks up again toward the finish but this is a big roasted malt dominated taste.
Mouthfeel: Roasted palate punishing malt dries out the drinkers mouth. Carbonation is felt on the front end then is lost on the body.
Overall: I had very high hopes for this one after the aroma but the taste is over the top roasted, coffee tones. I wish the body of the brew was more like the front and finish.
03-06-2014 05:07:45 | More by KFBR392
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +2.9%
The beer is opaque and deep, dark brown with a thick, oily, beige collar. The aroma brings loads of malt and chocolate. Distinctly European in both aroma and flavor. Prominent dark fruits and rich chocolates. Low carbonation with a medium body, lighter than I expected given the appearance and abv. Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.
02-28-2014 23:15:24 | More by Huhzubendah
Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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